Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Days!

It's 7:30 am on a warm mid-June day. 

My kids have already had breakfast.

Done intricate artwork involving two mediums.

Eaten breakfast.

Watched TV.

It can be a long day when you don't have plans each day during the summer months. The key for us during the summer is to have a somewhat loose plan for each day.

I always get a little overwhelmed when we have changes to our routine. The kids really loved school and their teacher and leaving school was sad this year. So, I tried to find some fun activities to do each day that will fill the long days!

Here are some fun ideas!

Kids Bowl Free// 

This was super easy to access. Just go to their site and enter your information. Bring along you smart phone or the coupon when you go to the bowling center. Kids get two games for free! We chose a Monday and it was only $1 for the shoes! 

 Pick Your Own Fruit//
Kids love to pick their own fruit. We love to pick strawberries and blueberries! 
Make Homemade Popsicles//
I purchased these molds from Amazon and filled them with a smoothie mix and chocolate milk. We found that the Kroger chocolate milk is the best! It's a great post-workout treat. I also like these silicon molds for kids! 
 Community Activities //

We got to see a fun juggler at Sophie's school. Local summer fairs are a fun way to be apart of your community! 

Our neighborhood movie night! So fun watching "Lego Movie" outside under the stars. Ava and Sophie loved the ice cream truck there! Ava was running around with her friends when we took this picture. 

Water play//

We love to have happy hour down at the lake. We just let the kids play and have adult conversation since they are so busy playing. 

A little summer living room that is just gorgeous. 


Ava is actually on team for gymnastics, but gymnastic or ballet camps are great for kids. 
 Outdoor Malls//

 Tour Your Statehouse//

The Rotunda at the Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse with Ava
Water Anything! //

Summer Movie Express Days//

Our local movie theater features one dollar movie days for older movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There are long lines, but it moves fast! What a great idea since it can get pretty hot in Virginia.


What are your favorite summer activities?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Little Boy's Room: Where the Buffalo Checks and Antelope Roam

This Monday hit like a doozy. I don't know if it's the kids being out of school, or moving, but I feel jet lagged all of the time.

Whew. I need coffee.

Enjoy today's little boy room. This week I am posting some of our fun ideas for summer. The days are long and the kids have no school so having a plan for each day really helps us! Look for that this week.

I am having so much fun getting our mood boards ready to decorate the kiddos' rooms!

Ryder has requested a blue room (navy), which I am going to combine with buffalo checks and an antelope hook.

Check out the mood board at this link! I also included a cool glycin map that we purchased from One Red Buffalo shop on Etsy. The sources are linked on the Go Mood Board site.

Pottery Barn, already have

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dreamy, beachy chic

Hi y'all!

I had so much fun getting together a dreamy, beachy master bedroom. I feel like it's so much easier to stay on point if you have a plan before you start decorating.

We just bought a house! And there is a lot of work to be done. Painting, new floors, etc. So, I am not sure how fast we will be able to finish this board. But, since we saved our master bedroom for last in this home, I want to make our bedroom a priority in our new home!

Here's the link! I tried to include shopping sources. Thanks and have a great weekend!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Southern Brunch!

I love a good, healthy oatmeal most days of the week. On those other rare occasions, we like to eat fun stuff like waffles or biscuits and gravy.

Our GG is southern and from Tennessee and biscuits are their thing. We also grew up going to amish restaurants (And later worked there). And man, those biscuits and gravy were so good!

We also had fruit, scrambled eggs and hot sauce, and toast if the kids didn't like biscuits. A quick tip for the eggs, I like to stick the white bowl in the oven at 150 so the eggs stay warm.

Buttermilk Biscuits 

For the biscuits, I used Martha Stewart's recipe. Always use a recipe if it calls for sour cream or buttermilk!  

Sausage and Gravy 

Honestly, I just wing the sausage and gravy! 

  • Saute one pound of good sausage 
  • Add to the sausage 2 TBS of flour and stir for around 2 minutes
  • Add 1-1/2 cups of 2 percent or whole milk and stir with a metal spoon (not a whisk or it will break up sausage) 
  • Add in dash of salt, pepper, vinegar and hot sauce

Flower crowns

Ryder and his best buddy, Ava 

So good!! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Breezy, fun kitchen design

Kitchens are so much fun to look at and incorporate your personal style.

Personally, I love unfussy, white kitchens that are super, family-minded. Scrolls, extra woodwork and so on just are not my thing. I designed this kitchen mood board using

What I love about the site was that it was user-friendly and allowed me to design a board without an account. However, I am not sure how to post the whole thing here. So, here is the link.

It's my Hampton's meets California meets pops of blue and pink design.

Hampton's white meets California cool kitchen design